Terry Pratchett is one of the finest writers in fantasy.
Or at least he was.The past five years or so have seen a serious decline in the quality of the Discworld series. The last Discworld book I felt was truly outstanding was Jingo. It feels a long time since then. Where Terry used to bring magic and laughter to every sentence on every page, now there's just a big fat meh!
You feel he's run out of ideas, out of places to go with Discworld. If this wasn't a Pratchett book I wouldn't have bothered and I'll have to eriously think about buying the next book - Making Money. Again, with such an obvious title, it sounds like it'll just be yet another half arsed parody. Discworld was never about Parody.
Pratchett used to be so much more. He's lost a lot.